Monday, May 14, 2012
We're in our RV, staying at brother-in-laws home which is about 20 minutes from the race venue. This race was sponsored by Milford (CT) Hospital and was a fund raiser for the hospital's wellness education program.
We got up very early - at 6:30. but the race didn't start until 9:00 AM. Had our oatmeal and bananas for breakfast, put our race bibs in place and got dressed.
We got to the race early so not many runners had arrived yet. Did some warm up exercises and chatted with some folks. Then we walked back to our car, sat and waited for the announcement that the race was starting.
Finally, the time to start approached and we went to line up. This race had no starting line chip timer, it was strictly the gun time as your official start time.
So, it was best to get near the front of the starting line if you were pursuing a PR or looking to win your AG award. DW did not want to get pushed around by the faster runners, so she opted to start near the end of the pack. I went a bit more towards the front. DW still has balance issues, and is fearful of being jossled, stumbling and falling. In one of the other larger races we had run, she got bumped around quite a bit by faster runners.
As it turned out, she didn't get bumped once, and had a rather smooth race. Until she reached the halfway point where we made a U turn to return and finish the race.
She slowed down to make the U turn, was running comfortably, then started to increase the pace and she hit gravel, or just dragged her feet, she's unsure exactly what happened, -- but -- down she went. No serious injury, but wounded pride and embarassment. Some good samaritans on the race route ran to her aid and helped bandage up the heels of her palms, as they were scrapped a bit. This, of course, cost her some time. She finished with a time of 52:57, not her best effort, but, guess what? In this large race, there were only 4 women in her AG - so she took 3rd place!!! I am so proud of her, she continued on to finish, despite the injury and came out just fine.
As for me, I did pretty well too. I set a new PR with a time of 26:05, which is 25 seconds better than my best 5K time thus far. It was not, however, good enough to win any awards. I came in 7th out of 18 runners in my AG. I had some serious competition! The top 3 in the 60 - 69 age group were running 21 minute times! I wonder if I will ever be able to do that?! I know at some point, I will peak, but so far, I am still managing to make small incremental gains. Today, I gave it all I had and was happy with the results.
Thanks so much for reading. Please don't worry about DW, she is just fine and assures me she's going to break out the Wii Fit game and do some balance exercises! :)
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Weather was much cooler than expected for this small event. It was through a park on dirt paths, not too many hills and nice scenery alongside a canal.
I didn't bring my cell phone with me, so I didn't get any pictures, except this one my son took of us in his house after the race.
Here's a pic of the trail that I found on a google search.
We both did very well, and both achieved new PRs, she 44:49 and me 26:29. Mine was good enough for 1st place age 60-69, but no awards given! The website said awards in all age groups, but they only offered us a choice of T shirt or bananas! I understand that there was such a small turnout it wouldn't have been cost effective to give a "real" award, though. Chris won 2nd place in her age group too. Not a fast time at 44:49 but still an improvement on her previous 5K.
We were both pleased at that. After I finished, and rested for a minute, I ran back onto the course to meet her and run home with her.
As I watched my GPS distance on my watch, I thought she'd have a good change at a PR, so I urged her on. She's not competitive at all, but wanted to do a better time just the same. She was running out of steam, but managed a nice push at the end.
We had a great time with our New Hampshire race. Now we are considering another race in Milford, CT on May 13th.
Thanks for reading and for all the nice comments and support prior to this race!
Vic and Chris
Monday, April 30, 2012
We'll be in New Hamp;shire until Friday, when we will then head south to visit family in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying the brisk (read cold) NH weather mornings. There's a beautiful walking/running path right nearby, which we've been taking advantage of as often as we can.
DW is doing fine, and increasing her pace and balance. She's rarin' to go every training day, and looking forward to our 5K on Wednesday.
Our route has some hills getting to the path, and once we get there, we find some nice little inclines there as well.
The trees are starting to show some leave and buds, a beautiful time in NH.
Our Wifi connections are intermittent, so I was luck to get this little blog posted. Hoping the poor signal connection holds until I post this!
Thanks for reading.
Vic and Chris
Saturday, April 21, 2012
We are taking our time getting up to New Hampshire, as usual. We like to take time and enjoy the trip.
Wifi is not often available, because I prefer the National Parks, or places which do not offer hookups.
Here, we are in Georgia at the Pointes West Army Campground.
I ran 3.5 miles here the day we arrived. Woke up the next day and DW did 3 miles, and I did 4 that morning.
The next day we were in Laurens County, SC at the Brickhouse Crossroads campground in Sumter National Forest.
We had the entire place to ourselves! I woke up early, and went for a run - out of the park onto Hwy 66 and went out 2.5 miles turned around and came back. For a nice 5 mile run. Almost no traffic early in the morning, - I really enjoyed this run. Saw some interesting homes and mini farms.
Today we are in Wilson, NC at an RV park with full hook ups, and I have Wifi! So I can update my Sparkpage. My Blackberry does my email for me, but I don't like using it for web browsing, 'cuz the screen is so small, and my fat fingers are not good for typing on it.
Not sure where we'll be for the night tonight, but probably not driving too far today, maybe end up near Richmond, VA. But, we will do a run this morning before we head out.
Thanks for reading, have a great day today. I know I will!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This was a very small race held at Moss Park, Orlando, FL. We stayed overnight in our RV camper before the race. Here is a visitor to our campsite.
We were the first people there to pick up our packets.
Once the gun went off, we went our own paces. The weather was cool and overcast, so just perfect for a race. I settled in to my pace right away, and ran a pretty good race, a little slower at the last mile. I still can't get that negative split down. There was a little 11 year old girl who was in front of me the entire race. So I just followed her all the way! She crossed the finish line just ahead of me at just under 27 minutes. My time was 27:05, not a PR, but I'll take it.
I chatted with the girls family for a bit, while I kept my eye on the finish line, looking for DW. Number 229 here is the only family member who runs. Cool that the whole family came out to support her.
It was now 45 minutes into the race, and I hadn't seen DW yet, so I ran back into the race path to have a look for her. I was predicting a 45-50 minute race for her. There she is coming around the bend, so I ran in with her for a bit, then ran ahead to catch a picture of her crossing the finish line at 47:28. The clock in her picture after crossing the finish line says 47:12, so I don't know how they came up with 47:28 on the website, but so be it.
It was a great time for both of us, DW says she will continue to allow me to train her, and may even enter a race with me from time to time.
Thanks for reading. Have a great day.
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